By Daniel Kibblesmith
Illustrated by A.P. Quach
Harper Design, Oct 2017
Hardcover, 32 pages
Offering a fresh twist on Kris Kringle, this clever yet heartfelt book tells the story of a black Santa, his white husband, and their life together at the North Pole.
Everyone knows that Santa Claus is jolly, but in Santa’s Husband, this cherished symbol of the holiday season is also black and gay, and married to an equally cheery man.
Humor writer Daniel Kibblesmith introduces us to Mr. and Mr. Claus, and gives us a glimpse of their lives together. We see the Clauses sitting by the fire at their cozy North Pole home, vacationing at the beach, having an occasional disagreement, celebrating their wedding day, and comforting each other when some loudmouth people on television angrily dispute Santa’s appearance and lifestyle.
In the weeks before Christmas, Santa’s husband helps with all the pre-Christmas work, from double-checking lists, to feeding the reindeer (organic gluten-free grains, of course) and handling Rudolph’s special dietary needs, to negotiating labor disputes with the workshop elves. At the height of toy-making season, he even fills in for his busy hubby at the mall to ensure every child can meet the Big Guy in the red suit and give him their wish list.
This little book is full of subtle political and social humor that will make you laugh, and still be suitable for reading to children, all the while reminding us that Santa Claus can come in all shapes and colors and sizes—just like the children and families he visits all over the world each Christmas eve.
Featuring beautiful watercolor pictures drawn by artist A.P. Quach, Santa’s Husband is a delightful gift for readers of all ages.